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Australia to spend $2 billion on 40 U.S. Black Hawk choppers

Helicopters to replace trouble-plagued MRH-90 Taipans

The Lockheed Martin UH-60M Black Hawks will replace the Australian Army's fleet of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australia confirmed on Wednesday it would buy 40 Black Hawk military helicopters from the United States for an estimated 2.8 billion Australian dollars ($1.96 billion), finalizing a sale signed off by the U.S. State Department last August.

The Lockheed Martin Corp UH-60M Black Hawks will replace the Army's fleet of MRH-90 Taipan choppers, which have been plagued for years by maintenance issues. Delivery of the new helicopters will begin this year.

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